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question of the day: What DVD bonus material has helped you appreciate a film (or TV show) more than you otherwise would have?

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Today’s question comes from Patrick, who writes:

Has there ever been a laserdisc/dvd/blu ray extra, that really helped you appreciate the work and thought process of the corresponding feature? I’m not talking just the EPK fluff they usually do, but the more candid stuff that really gives you the nitty gritty of the film or films. It could be a revealing commentary, or a cheesy trailer that shows what movie promotion was like in the past, or even a whole deleted subplot (like in the 1977 Star Wars). I personally, like to understand the process as well as the product — that is if it’s a worthwhile product.

For me it was the Alien Anthology blu ray with its feature-length documentaries on all four films. Also, back in the early 2000s (before YouTube) this very clever film trailer to Albert Brooks’s “Real Life”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KtAzt9LGsI

So: What DVD bonus material has helped you appreciate a film (or TV show) more than you otherwise would have? Do you usually make a point of watching bonus material, or do you skip over it? Me, I usually skip over it, so I have no answer to Patrick’s question.

Your turn…

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